Hervey Bay

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Hervey Bay which includes forest scenes and a park

Find out why this stunning city is known as the whale-watching capital of Australia and spend your days exploring its sweeping sandy beaches and pretty parks.

Hervey Bay is a coastal city renowned for its marine wildlife and breathtaking beaches. Spot whales on a cruise trip or visit the city’s fascinating historical attractions.

Choose from a range of whale-watching tours departing from the Great Sandy Straits Marina in Urangan. Be awed by the sight of humpback whales breaching the surface of the deep blue ocean as you explore the Fraser Coast region. You might also see dolphins, turtles and dugongs. Learn about the whales’ journey from Antarctica to the warm waters of the bay, where mothers give birth and nurse their calves in the migration season from mid July to late October. Book your boat trip in advance and bring you camera to record these special memories.

Walk along the oceanfront esplanade and admire the views over the Great Sandy Strait. Cycle the 14-kilometre (8.6-mile) path from Point Vernon to Urangan. The patrolled waters and sheltered barbecue areas at Torquay Beach are ideal for families. Explore the historic Urangan Pier and the nearby Reefworld Aquarium. This education centre showcases beautiful reef habitats and colourful fish. Kids will enjoy feeding marine life at the touch pool and spotting green turtles in their recreated habitat.

Stroll through the tranquil Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. A highlight is the gardens’ impressive collection of orchids. Spend a quiet moment at the open-air bush chapel, surrounded by rainforest vegetation.

Contemplate life in the 19th century at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum. Wander around the recreated village and see an original slab cottage complete with period furnishings. The museum contains a large collection of household goods and farming equipment. Check the museum’s programme, which includes interactive workshops, such as historic blacksmithing demonstrations.

Hervey Bay is approximately 300 kilometres (186 miles) north of the state capital of Brisbane and can be reached by bus, train, car or domestic flight. Whale-watching tours operate between July and November.

Experience nature up close in the waterfront city of Hervey Bay.

Where to stay in Hervey Bay

Mantra Hervey Bay
Mantra Hervey Bay
4 out of 5
Buccaneer Drive, Urangan, QLD
Fully refundable
The price is AU$144 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Urangan, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Great Sandy Strait and Great Sandy Straits Marina. Reefworld Aquarium and Urangan Pier are ...
4/5Very Good! (972 reviews)
"Loved the balcony Sometimes fumes from the boats was a bit strong"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

Mantra Hervey Bay
Ramada Hervey Bay
Ramada Hervey Bay
4 out of 5
627 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan, QLD
The price is AU$195 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
Located in Urangan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Great Sandy Straits Marina, Great Sandy Strait and Reefworld Aquarium. Urangan Pier and Fraser Coast ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (970 reviews)
"Room were good."

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2021

Ramada Hervey Bay
Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
569 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan, QLD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$209 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Urangan aparthotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Urangan Pier and Reefworld Aquarium. Hervey ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,416 reviews)
"Needs improvement in cleanliness and maintenance. Few observations: - Soiled WC Toilet - Used toilet roll - Dirty kettle - One lamp wasn’t operational - TV remote battery needed replacement and it was missing the cover"

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2021

Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Eden By The Bay
Eden By The Bay
4 out of 5
350 Esplanade, Scarness, QLD
The price is AU$155 per night from 6 Oct. to 6 Oct.
Located in Scarness, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum and WetSide Water Education Park. Stockland ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (266 reviews)
Great
"Overall amazing unit . Obviously the previous tenants smoked so the smell was over bearing. Yes I would definitely stay again"

Reviewed on 1 Jun. 2021

Eden By The Bay
Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
569 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan, QLD
The price is AU$209 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Urangan aparthotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Urangan Pier and Reefworld Aquarium. Hervey ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,416 reviews)
"Needs improvement in cleanliness and maintenance. Few observations: - Soiled WC Toilet - Used toilet roll - Dirty kettle - One lamp wasn’t operational - TV remote battery needed replacement and it was missing the cover"

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2021

Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
Grand Mercure Allegra Hervey Bay
Grand Mercure Allegra Hervey Bay
4.5 out of 5
468 The Esplanade, Reception: 70 Cypress St, Torquay, QLD
The price is AU$350 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in Torquay, this luxury apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Shelly Beach, Urangan Central Shopping Centre and Urangan Pier. Great Sandy Straits ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (420 reviews)
"Cannot fault the property, location, room sizes bigger than average, and very clean. The only let down was the wifi signal was very poor if you needed constant internet access. Would definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2021

Grand Mercure Allegra Hervey Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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